I’m one of “those” people who absolutely love Black Friday. I start looking at the ads online as soon as they’re released (which generally starts early November) and start planning what I want. I have zero problem waiting in line for an hour if I’m getting good deals and quite frankly, Black Friday is some of the BEST people watching ever, so I’m game.
This year, we went to Wal-mart Thanksgiving night (our family does Thanksgiving as lunch, so no, we didn’t wreck any family traditions to go shopping) and the main aisles were standing room only with slow moving progress. We managed to buy some sheets for $25 that were normally $130, some puzzles for $3 instead of $18, some $4 pajamas, and I helped some friends grab some camera memory cards and TV accessories they were looking for. We had low hopes of scoring a $170 laptop but the lady told us they were first come, first serve and when we came back and got in line, we’d found out they’d actually given out wristbands. Grrr. We went through the line twice here and the longest wait was under 10 minutes.
Next we hit Office Max because we didn’t get an ad and we wanted to see what they had on sale. We bought a memory card here even though it was $2 less expensive on Amazon in an effort to shop semi-local. There were no lines and no crowds here.
Next we hit JCPenney where there were no lines. I was hoping to get a snow globe but I misread the ad and although the store opened at 8 pm, snow globes weren’t coming out until 4 am. I bought some gloves I can text while wearing for $2.
We hit up Bath and Body Works next because we love their soaps and I was disappointed to see that their deal (on soap anyway) was better earlier than the week than it was for Black Friday. Either way, it was still on sale and we needed it, so soap was purchased. Some nice person in front of us gave us her coupon for $10 off, but we didn’t meet the $30 minimum, so we passed it on to some very grateful person behind us.
After that, we hit Kohls. They were pretty crowded and we might not have stuck it out had I not had two coupons for $10 off. We ended up getting a $46 toy for Mason for $7 and a Melissa and Doug food set for $3, so that seemed worth the 40 minute wait in line.
By then it was midnight and we went home and went to bed. I spent all day Friday shopping online (literally, all day….) and finished up probably 60% of my Christmas shopping. Had way too much fun trying to score some of Amazon’s lightening deals, but it was incredibly frustrating when I’d be watching the screen when the item would go on sale (there was a countdown counting hours then minutes and then seconds) and by the time I hit buy, the item would be sold out and the waitlist full. Two of the items I missed out on were headphones for my coworker ($13, normally $50) and a carseat for Mason ($119, normal $180). But, I did score some other good deals (like Leapfrog games for $12 instead of $25), so it was not all for waste. And Mason had a great sleepover at Grandmas while we had our fun.
So, I’m living proof that not everyone’s Black Friday experience involves rude shoppers and violence. Heck, I’m counting the days until next year. So. much. fun.
Did you shop this Black Friday online or off? What was your favorite deal?